AMD Copilots Tesla AI Chip, Says Report

Gladys Abbott
September 22, 2017

Rosenblatt Securities chip analyst Hans Mosesmann this evening published a note to clients regarding the report this afternoon from CNBC stating that Tesla Motors (TSLA) is using technology from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to make a special "A.I." chip for self-driving, which Mosesmann views as a "game changer".

According to CNBC, Tesla's Autopilot (hardware and software) team is now headed by Jim Keller who previously worked with AMD and Apple.

A Tesla spokesperson declined to comment about the AMD collab when reached by Mashable via email, while a spokesperson on behalf of Global Foundries told us that Jha's comments about Tesla were "not reported accurately".

He views the new chip as a move to address specific computing tasks for the vehicle while an Nvidia chip would still handle general goal computing.

CNBC reported on Wednesday that Tesla is inching closer to completing this #AI Chip.

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Using a chip dedicated to the specific tasks of interpreting sensor information specific to semi-autonomous vehicles could help Tesla meet CEO Elon Musk's pledge that self-driving capabilities would be available in some Tesla vehicles by 2019.

The broker repeated a "buy" on AMD shares and $22 target price - compared to the current price of $13.70.

It's likely, however, that AMD and Tesla are working together based exclusively on some hires that Tesla has been making. While Tesla is getting help from AMD in developing the chip, Tesla will reportedly own the rights to it. AMD shares were down 0.7%, near 13.65, during morning trading in the stock market today. Nvidia fell on the news and is down 2.03% on Thursday.

Tesla is taking measures in decreasing its reliance on Nvidia that has supplied this electric automaker company with the future self-driving system and the graphics processing units power Autopilot of Tesla.

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